My head is still spinning as I write this, and my heart is full of joy for my friends whose lives will be directly impacted by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. I was on Twitter when the decision was handed down, and it exploded with celebration as people became aware of it. It was a virtual party, celebrating love and equality. It was an historic moment in which I was able to participate in my own small way.
In the moments that followed, the decision was handed down that the Prop 8 appeal was dismissed on standing, making same-sex marriage once again legal in California. My heart was dancing, and there was an air of celebration that was palpable, even through the Twitter feed. I am so glad I happened to be there in that moment.
I am happy for my friends whose lives can now move forward without restriction, who can marry the people they love and know that they have the same rights, the same protections under the law that heterosexual couples have. This is something that should have happened a long time ago, and I am one Christ-follower who is happy that the “moral majority” didn’t win this argument.
Here are some reactions to the Supreme Court’s decisions, as reported by Religion News Service: http://www.religionnews.com/2013/06/26/religious-leaders-react-as-doma-struck-down-by-the-supreme-court/
I realize this decision will receive a swift backlash from some members of the Christian community. I realize this decision will be perceived as a threat, although a vague one, to some who believe that giving another person the same rights as you have somehow diminishes the value. I understand there will be people who will make the ridiculous assertion that allowing same-couples to marry and have equal protection under the law will open the door for the legalization of child brides, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, and having sex with cars in public settings. I don’t understand why, but there are a great number of people out there who feel threatened by providing equal rights to homosexual couples, and for that, I apologize to those who have to face that discrimination and ignorance.
At this time, I want to say that I am sorry to those who have been hurt by things done against homosexuals in Jesus’ name. I am sorry that you have been misrepresented, maligned, and marginalized. I am sorry that so much of the rhetoric used to describe the gay community has alluded to gays being sexual deviants who want to harm children. I am sorry that you have been presented as being a militant group that wishes to undermine the value of love, family, and commitment for heterosexual couples and their families. I am sorry that you have been consistently presented as being a viable threat to the United States of America, and that your community has been blamed for everything from skinny jeans to natural disasters that wipe out entire communities. I am sorry that so many who say they follow the example of Christ have chosen to single out your lifestyle as one which so angers God that he sends hurricanes and tornados, gunmen and terrorists, to our nation in order to show his displeasure with you. I am sorry the church has not loved you better.
It is my hope that this day will be the beginning of change for the church and those who profess to be followers of Christ. I hope that this day will mark the beginning of understanding and celebration of the diversity God has created in the world. I hope that this day will mark the beginning of a celebration that love is love, and no one need be left out.
Love wins. Every time.